Faith's Story

The impulsive actions of a young man forever changed the life of 16-month-old Faith Gales. On Nov. 4, 2014, the driver of a stolen car ran a stop light in Wichita, Kansas, and plowed into a vehicle driven by Faith’s father. The toddler, securely buckled in her car seat, suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis from the neck down. With her expressive eyes and personality, Faith won the hearts of her Madonna team, the only facility in the region who would accept her complex case. During months of therapy, Faith learned to use the standing frame, adaptive toys and find her voice with a Passy-Muir Valve. Therapists introduced her to the Eye Gaze computer-entirely controlled by her eyes-rapidly expanding her world. Faith is learning to recite ABCs, count and sing; all incredible accomplishments for this youngster. Through her tenacious spirit and the loving support of her parents, Faith returned home and continues to flourish


Madonna’s Pediatric Specialty Program offers family-centered rehabilitation in a separate and secured unit to meet the needs of children and adolescents with all types of diagnoses.

On-Site Care

Children are not little adults. They have special medical considerations that must be considered during their rehabilitation.  Pediatric patients will be seen daily by a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in rehabilitation, and a pediatric hospitalist, a pediatrician who focuses on intensive medical management of the child along the development continuum, when necessary specialty physicians with other medical specialties will be consulted. The primary focus is to restore function and promote overall health.

Children are provided rehabilitation in a dedicated, secure area designed specifically for children and adolescents. Each patient room is decorated in an age and gender-appropriate manner and includes a sleeper-sofa for family members to stay overnight. Each room has a private bathroom and shower, flat screen TV, DVD and Wi-Fi internet access.

Family life, school and peer interactions are all very important for children. That is why those activities are integrated throughout our pediatric rehabilitation program. In coordination with the United Cerebral Palsy Association, we offer a special toy lending library called Tech Tots. Young patients can also get a visit from Madonna’s Angel Dogs, allowing them to practice feeding, grooming and walking.

Our children’s unit offers a large, comprehensive pediatric therapy gym, which includes separate bays for a variety of therapeutic interventions. The unit also includes a developmentally appropriate toddler play area, as well as private and open common spaces for older children's activities. The indoor playground offers accessible playground equipment, a walking track and basketball court for children of all ages. Many adolescents and children also find working and playing in our indoor, warm water therapeutic pool fun and highly beneficial. Adolescents and children also attend school in the Therapeutic Learning Center, a modern educational area within the hospital.

Registered nurses with rehabilitation training or experience are on staff at all times to care for patients. Our rehabilitation nursing model allows nurses to challenge and encourage patients to progressively care for themselves, maximizing opportunities to learn daily cares supported by therapy and the expertise of the team support in our 24/7 model of rehabilitation

Madonna staffs licensed respiratory care practitioners at all times. Our dedicated pediatric respiratory therapists are able to provide arterial blood gas (ABG) services.  The respiratory interventions are partnered with other team members to maximize skill acquisition, vent weaning, use of speaking valves and other key services.

Madonna provides a full range of inpatient pharmacy services, including medication distribution, patient education and clinical/dosing services.

Madonna is able to provide radiology services that include X-ray, ultrasound, echocardiogram, venous doppler, arterial doppler, Holter monitor, sleep study and electroencephalogram (EEG).

Madonna's in-house laboratory provides anticoagulation, hematology, chemistry, therapeutic drug level testing and urine analysis services with results available the same day in most cases.

Madonna has registered dietitians and licensed medical nutrition therapists who are part of the care team and ensure the patient's individualized nutrition plan is met

Neuropsychologists and rehabilitation counselors are an integral part of rehabilitation at Madonna.  They provide a variety of services, including neuropsychological assessment, adjustment counseling, pain management, family therapy, concussion or mild brain injury evaluation, memory testing, dementia evaluation, neurofeedback, biofeedback, behavioral management and psychoeducation.

Specially trained therapists help our patients establish proper seating and positioning for patients who use mobility devices

Madonna is committed to meet all the needs of its patients--physical, spiritual and emotional. A spiritual care professional is a member of and consults with the care team. The chapel, the heart and soul of Madonna, is there to nurture faith and hope during times of crisis

Program Highlights

Rehabilitation for young patients recovering from a serious injury or illness may include these other specialized services that promote regaining the highest level of independence:

Additional Programs and Services

Madonna offers specialized services that focus on real-life skills to help people achieve their greatest level of independence and get back to their families, work, community and activities.

Awards and Accreditations

View a list of awards and accreditations that demonstrate our commitment to providing the best quality of care for our patients.  

State-of-the-Art technology

As a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, Madonna has some of the most advanced rehabilitation technology available.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Online Resources

The amount of information available about injuries and illnesses can be overwhelming.  Madonna coordinates with local, regional and national organizations to help patients find the most helpful online resources.

Patient Stories

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